Taipei Times articles: Han and Soong react to Anti-infiltration law

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From Taipei Times:

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday vowed to review the newly passed Anti-infiltration Act (反滲透法) if he is elected president and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regains control of the Legislative Yuan.

The act is “a bad law” that would cause fear among the public once in effect, the KMT presidential candidate told reporters in Tainan.

“If I am elected president and the KMT regains a majority in the legislature, we would definitely review the act to ensure that Taiwanese can live without fear,” Han said.

The passage of the act on Tuesday by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-controlled legislature is an example of the “tyranny of the majority,” he said.

“What is most unbelievable is that President [Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)] directly ordered its passage,” he said, adding that the way the act was passed was unacceptable to the public.

Earlier at a flag-raising ceremony in Tainan, Han compared the passage of the act to tying a bomb to people’s necks, saying that it allows the DPP to “blow up” anyone it chooses.

“The DPP must think clearly — do you want people to vote for you because they love you, or vote for you because they fear you?” Han said.

Separately yesterday, former premier Simon Chang (張善政), Han’s running mate, said at a flag-raising ceremony at KMT headquarters in Taipei that the passage of the act was “the darkest day in the history of the Republic of China since its democratization.”

The act’s passage went against the will of the Taiwanese public, he said, adding that most look forward to seeing it reviewed.

James Soong also reacted, in the Taipei Times:

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus used the tyranny of the majority to ensure the Anti-infiltration Act (反滲透法) passed on Tuesday, People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), the party’s presidential candidate, said yesterday.

DPP legislators got the act passed without “coordination among government agencies, establishing enforcement rules or designating an administrative agency to oversee the act’s enforcement,” Soong said, adding that people’s rights would be violated because of the act.

Soong spoke against the act’s passage after attending an early morning flag-raising ceremony at Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, saying that the act would cause Taiwanese who frequently do business or engage in cultural activities and tourism in China to fear for their lives.

“There are 2 million Taiwanese businesspeople in China and they need to attend a lot of activities there. In the future, they and their family members will need to prove to themselves that they are not doing anything to threaten national security. They will be presumed guilty and it will be their responsibility to prove their innocence,” Soong said, adding that the DPP would function like the Taiwan Garrison Command, which suppressed dissidents during the Martial Law era.

People falsely accused of breaching the act would not be able to appeal, which is a complete violation of human rights, he added.

The DPP must not forget that he and other party pioneers worked together 30 years ago to amend Article 100 of the Criminal Code so that no one could be imprisoned for their political beliefs, Soong said, adding that passage of the Anti-infiltration Act is “green terror,” with many viewing it as something the authoritarian regime of the past would have done.

People should not underestimate the act’s impact, as it affects them, as well as their families, friends and classmates, he said, adding that allegations against them could be fabricated.

“The elections need to ensure that our democratic values and rights will not be permanently damaged,” Soong said. “If we want to be in charge of the nation again, we should first let the DPP, a party that acts like a bully and a dictator, lose the power to govern by putting into action the votes in our hands.”

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